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I have just posted a question about the poorly state of my Honeysuckle ‘Golden Trumpet’ but it only allows two pics to be added.

Even though I’m not keen on Orange in my garden, I have become used to this pretty Honeysuckle over the past few months, so imagine how I felt when I looked at it this morning!

Not only are the leaves turning brown, the flowers are too, but the most annoying thing is the Clematis ‘Guernsey Cream’ growing alongside it, also seems poorly. The Clem. buds seem to have stopped, I took one off and found it to be dry and brown.

Take a look at the pics and see what you think please. The first one is of the top growth, not too unhealthy, then it just gets worse as the plant travels down . . . .

So, brown leaves with silver marks on them, flowers with black spots on etc.etc. ! Oh, gardening is never problem free is it?

July 26th …
Just adding a further pic to show I have cut the Honeysuckle right down and re-sited it to another area. Here’s hoping it grows back to it’s former glory!

Almost a year on since this blog … the Honeysuckle today is looking healthy … quite short but thriving and in bloom …

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I have already put a comment on your question as I am interested to follow the threads ...

I have not seen this problem on any honeysuckle as yet ...

Have these climbers suffered from drought in recent months ?
I guess that this springtime, in your area, lack of rain is more likely than too much ! ?

Any insects or bugs crawling on the stems or leaf areas ?

I hope you can save your climbers ..
adding to GoYpedia Climbing Plants...

25 Jun, 2011

 

I've watered regularly around the arbour, as one side has a newly planted rambling Rose with Clematis, thankfully they appear fine. The Honeysuckle is about a year old with a newly planted Clem by it. No insects to be seen, just 'soot-like' black specks on the flowers & foliage. I'm not keen on using chemicals, but if that's the answer, I guess I'll have to. : o (

25 Jun, 2011

 

any chance someone locally has been spraying, the silver looks as if it could have been a liquid doesnt look like a fungus?

25 Jun, 2011

 

No Pam, we're all a bit 'anti-chemicals' around here! This is in the centre of a sunny border in the middle of the back garden.

25 Jun, 2011

 

Shirley, I have lost one new Camellia and it looks like another one is going, I lost my passion flower, also my very old hosta looks sick, I have no flowers on my agapanthus............etc. what a game eh? Maybe you honeysuckle could do with a big prune and that might give it a lift, not sure though!

25 Jun, 2011

 

Oh, Gm, that's quite a few losses to have had, poor you. Only two months ago this was looking so very healthy. I'm hoping somebody will advise me on any treatment, or it may be heading for the brown bin! : o (

25 Jun, 2011

 

No no, dont do that just prune it and it will revive. This has been just one funny season all round hasnt it?

25 Jun, 2011

 

Indeed it has, Gm, 'funny-peculiar' not 'funny-ha ha' as my old Dad used to say!

25 Jun, 2011

 

Bless him! so true.

25 Jun, 2011

 

certainly is 'funny peculiar' think my dad must have known your dad Shirley, after all that cold and then drought i've marigold seeds germinating in old compost, some lovely nigella self setters and roses that have never been so good.....those silver patches do look odd though Shirley will it wash off at all, just wondered if their was something in the rain, we've had sahara sand before now.....

25 Jun, 2011

 

Shirley, that looks like it's suffering from mildew or some other fungal attack...it's a blooming shame whatever it is! I think I would prune it and treat it with an anti-fungal spray....what a pity. I suppose the drought will have made everything more vulnerable to disease. Honestly, I am no expert on diseases, so someone else may have a better idea. Sorry though, such a shame.

25 Jun, 2011

 

I've just had another look at it, Karen, no better or worse and the Clem. looks fine from the soil up to about 2', then the leaves are brown so I'm wondering if it's something in the soil? Grrr ... perhaps it's just the very weird weather we've had this year!

25 Jun, 2011

 

A lot of my clems go brown at the bottom Shirley, but they are fine higher up. Funny things Clematis sometimes, but they really don't like it too dry.

25 Jun, 2011

 

My honeysuckle is in a similar state to yours Shirley, but it hasn't been happy at all this year. It's been in the same spot about 18 years but the clematis next to it is fine - very odd. I usually give the honeysuckle a harsh prune when it's finished flowering but I'm thinking of taking it right back to the roots this year, or possibly even taking it out completely as it's very woody. It's got flowers on it but I'm not sure whether they'll actually open as it's in such a bad way.

25 Jun, 2011

 

I seem to remember something called honeysuckle blight? -- don't know any more sorry

26 Jun, 2011

 

I've done some research, looking back on previous GoY questions about poorly honeysuckle...

This one has a photo on the question, showing the silver marks similar to yours ...

http://www.growsonyou.com/question/show/8560-sick-honeysuckle

Also another one to look at ... this shows the powdery mildew to compare ...

http://www.growsonyou.com/question/show/24881

26 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks for that info., Terra. Full cream milk diluted with water is an odd remedy! I'll try anything once . . . .

26 Jun, 2011

 

I do hope your honeysuckle survives ...
good luck with the top of the milk ! ;o)
Let us know progress please ...

26 Jun, 2011

 

Will do ... sent you a PM. : o )

26 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks ... :o)

26 Jun, 2011

 

could be wind damage shirley.... my honeysuckle and clematis have brown dead leaves from all the strong winds weve had....

27 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Shirley. I'm having the same problem with mine. Mine started off healthy, full of healthy buds earlier in the year, but as the time has gone on, the buds started to shrivel and die, then the leaves started to go, and it's been quite sticky to touch. Now today after checking it again, I noticed that the damage has gone all the way back to ground level (if you understand what I mean).
My plant is around 8/9yrs old, and is usually in flower for most of the year.
As for giving it a good prune, I did it to mine when I did my Wisteria, and as I said, it started off fine, and then just suddenly it's turned like this. I'm baffled too.....

28 Jun, 2011

 

Hi Linda ...
Glad you were able to find this blog... When you commented on my honeysuckle blog, I thought the problems with yours seem similar to Shirley's... so my sending you here means you can "compare notes" ...

I reckon the strange weather of recent months might have something to do with the problems... I hope all your honeysuckles recover and put on healthy new growth.

28 Jun, 2011

 

Thankyou TT. x :o)

28 Jun, 2011

 

My money's on Thrips for this one - check out the pesticide ranges at the garden centre, not sure what's available now for control, used to be malathion, but that's been banned. The trouble is, thrips can carry viruses which then infect your plant, so as this one is so bad, I would be inclined to cut it right down to get rid of the problem, and in the meantime, seek out a suitable pesticide because it'll be elsewhere now too, as in on your clematis. Spray thoroughly, including the underside and tops and stems, until it runs off - other insecticides mentioned are pyrethrum, permethrin, pirimiphos-methyl or dimethoate, but of that lot, I have no idea which are now in use, and all or any may be components of proprietary sprays.

1 Jul, 2011

 

Thankyou Bamboo. Have read your comment to Shirley, and will get some insecticide. Wrote a blog with pics so as to show mine, and wondered if mine was the same problem as Shirleys.

1 Jul, 2011

 

Very useful and detailed advice Bamboo.
Well done :o)

1 Jul, 2011

 

The extra pics in this blog were very helpful in trying to diagnose the problem, Shirley...

1 Jul, 2011

 

Many thanks, Bamboo. I'm not a fan of chemicals in the garden, so I'll search for info. tomorrow to see if there's an alternative organic spray. Failing that, I may just cut it down to ground level and hope it revives! Not heard of Thrips for a long time.

1 Jul, 2011

 

I have added a photo today, almost a year on, just to show the Honeysuckle appears to have accepted the move from the trellis to a garden border. Never give up! ... :o)

6 Jun, 2012

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